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N9145H accident description

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Crash location 35.152222°N, 91.259167°W
Nearest city Gregory, AR
35.155366°N, 91.343183°W
4.8 miles away
Tail number N9145H
Accident date 02 Dec 2010
Aircraft type Air Tractor Inc AT-602
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot departed on this third aerial application flight for the day. Shortly after take-off, the engine lost power and the pilot elected to conduct a forced landing in a field. During touchdown, the airplane landed hard and received substantial damage. After the accident, the pilot reported that this was the first flight since refueling the airplane. The pilot also added that he did not check the fuel supply, prior to refueling the airplane. An examination of the airplane and refueling tanks, after the accident, revealed water was present in the fuel.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s inadequate preflight inspection and failure to detect water contaminated fuel, which resulted in a loss of engine power during takeoff.

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